Nine Places To See The Nutcracker In Philadelphia This Holiday Season

The more Nutcracker shows, the merrier...

No festive season would be complete without catching a performance (or nine) of the quintessential holiday ballet…

Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, productions of The Nutcracker in the Philadelphia area deliver jazzed-up tap adaptations, high-def film screenings, intimate storytellings and grand-scale stagings.

Looking to visit the magical land of sweets with a sugarplum fairy, handsome price, snowflakes and candy canes?

Here’s a little guide to help choose which holiday show to see.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Photo by: B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

With incredible dancers, live orchestral accompaniment, splendid costumes and impressive sets, our state troupe’s rendition is an essential Philadelphia tradition. The lavish Pennsylvania Ballet staging returns to the Academy of Music throughout December.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

When:December 9-31
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35-$150

www.paballet.org

Nutcracker 1776

Photo courtesy The Rock School for Dance Education

Ben Franklin meets the Sugar Plum Fairy in a dynamic Philly-centric version by The Rock School for Dance Education and its highly trained ballet students.

Nutcracker 1776

When:December 16-17
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$34-$54

www.kimmelcenter.org

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

University City’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts gives Philadelphians a rare opportunity to see The Nutcracker performed by touring dancers from the ballet’s birthplace — the first performance of the Christmas ballet was held at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

When:December 12-13
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$28-$68

www.annenbergcenter.org

The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble Annual Holiday Concert

Artful and empowering all-female ensemble The Lady Hoofers include a contemporary all-tap rendition of The Nutcracker in their jazz-infused program.

The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble Annual Holiday Concert

When:December 9-10
Where:1515 Brandywine Street
Cost:$18-$25

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Pages to Pirouettes – The Nutcracker

Dance and storytelling combine in an intimate, abridged version of the festive fairytale at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Pages to Pirouettes – The Nutcracker

When:December 11
Where:1901 Vine Street
Cost:Free

www.pages-to-pirouettes.com

Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker (film)

A performance by one of the world’s leading ballet companies comes to The Bryn Mawr Film Institute in vivid video projection and crisply amplified score.

Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker (film)

When:December 17-18
Where:824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr
Cost:$10-$20

www.brynmawrfilm.org

Brandywine Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Chester County’s Brandywine Ballet presents a daytime series of performances featuring original-yet-traditional choreography to Tchaikovsky's score.

Brandywine Ballet presents The Nutcracker

When:December 9-18
Where:700 S High Street, West Chester
Cost:$18-$45

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The Philadelphia Dance Academy’s 7th Annual Nutcracker

Professional guest dancers join young ballet dancers and student dancers for The Philadelphia Dance Academy seventh annual production of the holiday favorite.

The Philadelphia Dance Academy’s 7th Annual Nutcracker

When:December 16-17
Where:Mandell Theater
Cost:$15-$20

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The Nutcracker with the Donetsk Ballet

Local non-profit International Ballet Exchange brings together stars from Ukraine’s famous company and local dance pupils for this visually exciting staging.

The Nutcracker with the Donetsk Ballet

When:December 17-18
Where:Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, 201 E. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Cost:$17-$30

www.ibexchange.com

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